Community Calendar: Ugly Sweater Party; Pancake or Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast; Christmas Cookie Baking


‘Escape to the Land of Sweets’ from The Nutcracker Ballet

Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19 at Centralia College’s Corbet Theater

Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. the week of Dec. 16. This performance will consist of all of Act Two from the ballet and a brand new opening act. Call 360-748-4789 for ticket information or visit


Ugly Sweater Party

Dec. 17 at Insert Coin, 309 N. Tower Ave., Centralia; 7 p.m.

Visit Insert Coin wearing cozy, ugly sweaters for a chance to win prizes. Anyone dressed up will get 10% off their tab. There will be Jell-O shots and Christmas candy.


Pancake or Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast

Dec. 18 at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange, 5184 Jackson Highway, Toledo; 7 to 10 a.m.

Breakfast is $6. For more information contact the grange hall at 360-864-2023.


Christmas Cookie Baking

Dec. 18 at the Centralia Community Church of God gymnasium, 3320 Borst Ave., Centralia; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bake cookies to be handed out at the Community Church of God Christmas dinner. All volunteers are welcome. The church is aiming to bake 2,000 cookies. Head to the gymnasium in the church by taking the first driveway on the left when heading toward the high school. No sign-up required. For more information, email


Gun and Knife Show

Dec. 18 and 19 at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

The show will be held inside the Blue Pavilion. Admission is $8 for adults or $6 for veterans. For more information call 503-363-9564 or email


Holiday Market and Craft Fair

Dec. 18 at the Jester Auto Museum, 321 Hamilton Road, Chehalis; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This event by Gemini Events and Design will host over 50 vendors. There will be free parking and free admission. Santa will be there from 2 to 5 p.m. to take free pictures with families in front of a classic red Impala. Bring your own camera.


Christmas Festival

Dec. 18 at Cooks Hill Community Church, 2400 Cooks Hill Road, Centralia; 2 to 6 p.m.

This event will feature pony rides with reindeer ponies through Dreamland Ponies, hay rides, Christmas crafts, a photo booth with Santa, a mini petting zoo, an outdoor light tunnel, a Christmas show, a fire and a coffee shop. Call 360-736-6133 for questions.


Mossyrock Town Tree Lighting

Dec. 18 at Mossyrock Community Hall, 231 E. State St., Mossyrock; 6 p.m.

Join the mayor, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch for caroling, hot cocoa, cider and gift drawings. For more information, call 360-983-3300.


Breakfast With Santa

Dec. 19 at the Chehalis Eagles Auxiliary, 1993 S. Market Blvd., Chehalis; 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast will be biscuits and gravy, pancakes, eggs, ham or bacon, sausage and fruit.

Children under 5 free, $5 for ages 6 to 12, $9 for adults.


Morton Christmas Storytime

Dec. 20 at the Cowlitz River Valley Historical Museum & Visitor Center, Morton; 5 p.m.

This is a family event for all ages with free books, treats, stories and songs. For more information, call 512-799-8805.


Drive-Through Christmas Dinner

Dec. 25 at the Centralia Community Church of God, 3320 Borst Ave., Centralia; 12 to 4 p.m.

There will be a free drive-through Christmas dinner along with a half-dozen cookies per meal. Delivery will also be available for those who call 360-669-0743.


‘Draggin’ In the New Year’

Dec. 31 at McFilers, 543 NW Pacific Ave., Chehalis; 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Live performers, a raffle and a karaoke contest will be held to celebrate the life of Rikkey Outumuro (Tru Starlet) at this New Years Eve party. A $5 donation is suggested, donations will go to Outumoro’s family. 


Polar Plunge

Jan. 8 at Mayfield Lake; 9 a.m.

The Lewis County Icicle Brigade’s Polar Plunge is a jump in Mayfield Lake to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Washington. To get involved, visit


Workgroup for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Jan. 12 at the Jenson Memorial Event Center, Veterans Memorial Museum at 100 SW Veterans Way; 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This class is hosted on the second Wednesday of every month until May by Reliable Enterprises and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services. Topics include preparing for graduation and other transitions, social security, employment supports and more. Register by calling organizer Shawna Haller at 360-520-9299 or email